Yesterday, Sunday 27 September, two full electric cars from Kia Canarias successfully finished a complete circuit of the island of Gran Canaria, without recharging, for the first time. The around the island journey of almost 180 km was completed by members of AUVE (Association of Users of Electric Vehicles), Limonium Canarias and Oceanográfica Divulgación, accompanied by a technician from Televisión Española.
In this way they have exploded one of the great myths about electric vehicles: the limitation posed by their range autonomy. The island of Gran Canaria is now too small to present a challenge to the new generation of cars that, according to José Luis Echevarría, of Limonium Canarias, “Are more environmentally friendly, more comfortable and in the end more economical.” Echevarría insists that, “While it is true that the initial investment is higher than for conventional vehicles, in the long term they are much more cost-effective, due to the subsidies that are currently available, the high efficiency of these vehicles and the exceptional fuel economy.”
This event, organised to mark the end of the European Mobility Week, aims to demonstrate that electric cars are now a reality for anyone who has a conventional electric socket where they can be charged for a few hours. This is the only current limitation for vehicles that have a maximum speed of over 140 km/h and acceleration that allows them to reach 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds, and that are capable of charging half the battery in barely 15 minutes thanks to high-speed chargers.
Due to the ability to recharge the batteries during the descents and braking, after covering the 176.5 km around the entire island of Gran Canaria, there was still 25% of the battery charge remaining, which would have allowed completion of another 59 km, making a total of 235 km.
The vehicles used were two Kia Soul EV with 110 hp, 27 kWh lithium polymer batteries, a maximum speed of 145 km/h, acceleration from 0 to 100 in 11.6 seconds, a weight of 1,565 kg, and 5 doors and 5 seats.